Guidetti: The most important match of our careers


Netherlands' coach Giovanni Guidetti join the celebration after the move to the semifinals

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 16, 2016 – Netherlands’ coach Giovanni Guidetti paid credit to his players and staff after winning against Korea the match he considered the most important of their careers – himself included.

Giovanni Guidetti, Coach of Netherlands: I am elated after this match, the most important of our careers for coaches and players. When you win in the quarterfinals at the Olympics it means that for the next two days the whole world will have the eyes on you battling for the medals. You can’t compare that with any other tournament. I want to thank my players and my staff for a wonderful job. Our players now believe they can beat any big team in the world. Today they came back with confidence to win the fourth set after losing the third by close margin. It was a team win, a team effort.

Maret Balkestein-Grothues, Captain of Netherlands: I think the serves were the keys for us even though we were a little bit down in the third set. It was an amazing job as a team. I hope we can continue this way.

Lee Jung Chul, Coach of Korea: It was our most important match and our service game was not good for the first two sets. We improved in the third but went back to the same difficulties in the fourth set. To play against physical teams like Netherlands you need to rely on good serves because of their size. I am disappointed with the outcome of the match.

Kim Yeon Koung, Captain of Korea: We should have done better. Our reception was not good and because of that we couldn’t attack the way we wanted.


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